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  • Boffins spy liquid water on Saturn's moon - hides a vast, liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.

    02/10/2010 12:14:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 383+ views
    The Register ^ | 10th February 2010 08:02 GMT | Austin Modine in San Francisco
    There's little doubt now that the Saturn moon Enceladus hides a vast, liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. Massive plumes of water vapor discovered by Cassini in 2005 sparked speculation of sub-surface liquid water within the tiny moon. Later, fly-bys found that the massive geysers - whose jet steams supply the material for Saturn's outer-most ring - contain traces of sodium — believed to be the signature of a large body of liquid water with long periods of contact to minerals deep inside Enceladus. Now, a team of scientists from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory say data from...
  • 27-Megapixel Saturn Panoramic Image Makes Perfect Widescreen Desktop Background

    12/31/2009 10:47:10 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 1,808+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 12/31/09 | Jesus Diaz
    No, I'm not obsessed with Saturn. OK, I am obsessed with Saturn. But so is Time, who picked this deliciously crispy photo as one of the images of the year, revealing ring bumps as high as the Rocky Mountains. I'm not surprised, because it's a truly unique moment, one that happens at Saturn's equinox, which is an event that only happens twice in 10,179 Earth days. And this time, we had Cassini there to take this amazing photo, just when the sun illuminates the rings edge-on. As Carolyn Porco—Cassini imaging team leader—puts it: The geometry revealed structures and phenomena in...
  • GM Plans Pontiac Fire Sale (as much as 46% off the sticker price)

    12/29/2009 7:46:52 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 38 replies · 2,399+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/29/2009
    General Motors Co. is offering its dealers hefty incentives to move thousands of leftover vehicles from its discontinued Saturn and Pontiac brands. The unusual tactic could inflate the car maker's December sales and cut the cost to car buyers by as much as 46% off the sticker price. In what is equivalent to a year-end fire sale, GM sent letters to dealers Dec. 23 saying it would pay them $7,000 for every new Saturn or Pontiac on their lot that is moved to rental-vehicle or service-vehicle fleets operated by the dealers. Dealers can then sell the vehicles at a more...
  • What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn

    12/18/2009 12:24:46 PM PST · by Maceman · 63 replies · 2,633+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roy Prol
    What the rings would look like from different cities and latitudes across the world. It's interesting to imagine how it would effect culture throughout time. It would have influenced religion, mythology, navigation, etc.. Creator - Roy Prol SONG- Schubert's Ave Maria Sung by Barbara Bonney
  • "What if earth had rings like Saturn?"

    11/23/2009 6:33:08 AM PST · by svcw · 13 replies · 893+ views
    I just found this video to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoy.
  • NASA reveals first-ever photo of liquid on another world

    12/18/2009 3:11:00 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 58 replies · 3,437+ views
    Cnn.copm ^ | 12/18/2009 | Thom Patterson
    A photo from Cassini shows sunlight reflecting from a giant lake of methane on the northern half of Saturn's moon Titan. (CNN) -- NASA scientists revealed Friday a first-of-its-kind image from space showing reflecting sunlight from a lake on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. It's the first visual "smoking gun" evidence of liquid on the northern hemisphere of the moon, scientists said, and the first-ever photo from another world showing a "specular reflection" -- which is reflection from a liquid surface. Jaumann said he was surprised when he first saw the photos transmitting from Cassini, orbiting Saturn about a billion...
  • Water Geysers on Saturn Moon Take Center Stage

    11/04/2009 9:47:59 AM PST · by Frenchtown Dan · 9 replies · 689+ views
    Space.com ^ | 11/04/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    Striking new photos of water-vapor geysers erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus were beamed to Earth this week by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around the ringed planet.
  • Spectacular Video of Saturn Moons Disturbing Its Rings

    Click here to view the amazing video! Sir Isaac Newton would be amazed by this awesome video, showing Saturn moons causing gravitational waves as they orbit near its F Ring. These images can only be taken every 15 years, during Saturn's equinox. Thankfully, Cassini is there now. In the video you can see Prometheus (in the inner side) and Pandora (on the outer side), disturbing and smoothing the rings one after the other, which is why they are called shepherd moons. Things get even more spectacular in the Keeler gap, inside the A ring. There, Daphnis surfs the ring creating...
  • Giant Backward Ring Found Around Saturn

    10/08/2009 9:54:25 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 2,394+ views
    CEH ^ | October 7, 2009
    Oct 7, 2009 — Saturn has a newly-discovered ring to add to its decor – the largest of all. It’s so big, it makes Saturn look like a speck in the middle of it. The ring, located at the orbit of the small outer moon Phoebe, is inclined 27 degrees and revolves backwards around Saturn. This was announced today by...
  • Revealed: Saturn's secret 'doughnut' ring ... big enough to contain one billion Earths

    10/07/2009 3:46:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1,402+ views
    Daily Mail Reporter ^ | 9:44 PM on 07th October 2009
    Saturn's biggest and never-been-seen before ring has been discovered.The 'super-sized' halo was found by Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope. To get a sense of its size it has a vertical height which is about 20 times the diameter of the planet, which is nine times the size of our planet. Furthermore, the entire volume of the ring could hold about one billion Earths. The bulk of the ring starts about 3.7million miles from Saturn itself and extends outward about another 7.4million miles.With it being so huge many will ask how come it was not seen before. This is because the ring...
  • New Bids For Saturn Unlikely, Analysts Say

    10/06/2009 10:45:18 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 711+ views
    Will another bidder for General Motors‘ Saturn brand come out of the woodwork after a deal to sell the division to Penske Automotive fell through? Not likely, industry observers tell The Detroit Free Press. General Motors said Wednesday that it planned to close its Saturn brand after Penske abruptly called off an agreement to buy the division. Penske said Wednesday in a statement that it could not proceed with the deal because another manufacturer, which it did not identify, rejected plans to build vehicles that would be distributed under the Saturn brand name. The Detroit Free Press, however, said the...
  • Saturn and Me: GM Loses a Customer

    10/06/2009 10:27:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 34 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2009 | Allan Sloan
    Until last week I had been one of General Motors' most reliable customers for more than 15 years. But my relationship with GM ended the very day the company announced that it was closing its Saturn operation
  • GM To Shut Down Saturn After Penske Ends Talks

    09/30/2009 3:43:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,846+ views
    APReport ^ | September 30, 2009
    GM To Shut Down Saturn After Penske Ends Talks Production agreement with another manufacturer falls through, killing deal GM to drop Saturn after Penske ends talks Sept. 30: General Motors Co. says it plans to shut down its Saturn brand and dealer network after talks with Penake Automotive Group fell apart. DETROIT - General Motors Co. said Wednesday it would shut down its Saturn division after an agreement to sell it to Penske Automotive Group Inc. fell apart. The Bloomfield, Michigan dealership headed by auto racing magnate Roger Penske walked away after it was unable to find a manufacturer to...
  • Penske drop bid for Saturn, GM to end brand

    09/30/2009 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 49 replies · 2,104+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/30/09
    Penske Automotive Group (PAG.N) said on Wednesday it has terminated discussions with General Motors Co GM.UL to acquire the automaker's Saturn brand. GM said in a separate statement it would wind down the Saturn brand and its dealership network.
  • GM to end Saturn brand as buyer drops bid

    09/30/2009 1:52:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,334+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2009
    General Motors said Tuesday it would wind down its Saturn brand after talks broke off with Penske Automotive Group on a bid for the nameplate. GM said in a statement that Penske "has decided to terminate discussions" to acquire Saturn "because of the inability to source new products beyond what it had asked GM to build on contract." "This is very disappointing news and comes after months of hard work by hundreds of dedicated employees and Saturn retailers who tried to make the new Saturn a reality," the US automaker said.
  • (MI) Penske Terminates Saturn Talks

    09/30/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Kieri · 21 replies · 1,134+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 09/30/09 | Various
    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Penske Automotive Group has announced that it has terminated talks with GM on acquiring the Saturn brand. Penske says negotiations with GM regarding the future supply of vehicles caused the breakdown in talks. G In a statement issued by General Motors, the company is very disappointed about Penske's decision. This will ultimately be the end for the Saturn brand as GM prepares to wind down production and dealership network. STATEMENT FROM GENERAL MOTORS: Today we learned that Penske Automotive Group (PAG) has decided to terminate discussions with General Motors to acquire Saturn. This is...
  • Saturn at Equinox

    09/24/2009 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 6 replies · 784+ views
    Cassini ^ | September, 2009 | Cassini
    http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/cassini_equinox/cassini_equinox_slideshow.html That is a link to a slideshow that NASA is hosting, that has some of them most stunning pictures of Saturn I've ever seen. Saturn was at equinox in August, meaning that the sun was exactly over the edge of the rings. That may not sound like a big deal, but Saturn takes 30 years to make one orbit, so equinox comes every 15 years. The difference this time is that the Cassini spacecraft was in place to watch it happen first hand, and the images are stunning. Think about a sandy beach at high noon. If you look...
  • Saturn to Pull Celestial Houdini on August 11

    08/11/2009 10:27:32 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 851+ views
    Nasa ^ | 09 August 2009 | Unknown
    In 1918, magician extraordinaire Harry Houdini created a sensation when he made a 10,000 pound elephant disappear before a mystified audience of over 5,200 at New York's famed Hippodrome theatre. But a vanishing pachyderm is nothing compared to the magnificent illusion to be performed by our solar system's own sixth rock from the sun on Aug. 11. On that day, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the planet Saturn, with no help from either Jupiter or Uranus, will make its 170,000-mile-wide ring system disappear. How does a mere gas giant planet, without the benefit of a...
  • Like the fist of an angry god (Did something just hit Saturn's rings?)

    08/09/2009 11:11:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 3,050+ views
    Deep in the outer realms of our solar system, well over a billion kilometers away, something bizarre happened at Saturn’s F ring. I mean, seriously: what the he** happened here? Cassini image of something punching through Saturn’s F ring This is one of the latest pictures returned from the remarkable human achievement that is the Cassini spacecraft, a probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the ringed planet since 2004. It’s returned one incredible picture after another, and lately — as Saturn’s orbit has brought it to a point where the rings are nearly edge-on to...
  • Saturn Ring Shrinkage Result of Global Mating

    03/19/2008 6:21:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies · 1,067+ views
    What happened to Saturn's rings? Amateur astronomers have noticed something different when they peer through their telescopes recently. "The rings have narrowed considerably in the last year," one said. "The Cassini division (a dark gap in the rings) is getting hard to see."
  • Hidden Ocean in Saturn's Moon? New Clues

    07/22/2009 5:05:50 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 647+ views
    Abc News ^ | 07/22/09 | Ned Potter
    In 2005, NASA's Cassini probe, orbiting Saturn, made a tantalizing discovery: Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, was venting something -- possibly liquid water -- into the airless space around it.
  • Entrepreneurs Will Reinvent GM's Castoffs

    06/18/2009 6:07:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies · 1,502+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 18, 2009 | Rep. JOHN CAMPBELL
    Before I lost my mind and entered politics, I was in the car dealership business for 25 years. In fact, I was the first Saturn retailer chosen back in 1988, and served on the Franchise Operations Team. I opened one of the first 25 stores in 1990 and eventually owned and operated five Saturn Facilities in Orange County, Calif. Saturn was truly an American innovation with a great concept, rethinking how cars had been built and sold over the previous 50 years. But Saturn was an entrepreneurial idea, smothered inside one of the world's biggest nongovernmental bureaucracies. Saturn needed to...
  • Gov. Says GM Wants Large Upfront Payment (TN Gov.)

    06/11/2009 8:36:04 PM PDT · by fallingwater · 19 replies · 907+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Phil Bredesen is expressing doubt that Tennessee can afford the financial demands from General Motors to select its Spring Hill plant to build a new small car. The Democratic governor said Thursday that it became clear in meetings with GM officials this week that the automaker wants a large cash payment from Tennessee to pick Spring Hill. The other sites competing for the work are in Orion, Mich., and Janesville, Wis. Tennessee's incentive packages are usually tilted toward long-term tax incentives, training and infrastructure improvements. Bredesen says the state doesn't have "a lot of spare money...
  • Capitalism, And Roger Penske, To The Rescue

    06/07/2009 8:41:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies · 2,335+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2009 | Austin Hill
    Breaking News: An American car company will soon be taken-over by a business person who has expertise in the car industry. And the guy “taking over” is actually “happy” about it. As the bankrupt General Motors corporation seeks to get rid of it’s “non core” car brands, Roger Penske, the American race car driver-turned global business magnate, will soon be purchasing Saturn, and taking over the sales, marketing, and distribution of Saturn cars and parts. Penske‘s company will not be manufacturing Saturn cars themselves - he’s soliciting bids from other companies to design and build the cars for him -...
  • GM to sell Saturn unit to Penske Group

    06/05/2009 1:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,286+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 5, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
    Bankrupt General Motors Corp. has reached a deal to sell its Saturn unit to Penske Automotive Group, a dealership chain owned by former race car driver Roger Penske. The automaker said the deal to sell Saturn and its distribution network would save up to 13,000 jobs and hundreds of dealerships. It did not release financial terms of the arrangement. "There has been a groundswell of support for Saturn, with our retailers and owners urging us to save the brand," said Jill Lajdziak, general manager of Saturn. "We heard their call loud and clear, and it inspired us as we worked...
  • Roger Penske Is Possible Buyer For Saturn Unit

    06/05/2009 11:26:55 AM PDT · by CHEE · 14 replies · 848+ views
    The Wall Street Journal on line ^ | June 5, 2009 | SHARON TERLEP
    Roger Penske, owner of the second-largest U.S. auto retail chain by revenue, has emerged as a potential buyer for General Motors Corp.'s Saturn brand, people familiar with the situation said. Mr. Penske is chief executive of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Penske Automotive Group, which operates 300 dealerships in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. It is second in revenue in the U.S. to AutoNation Inc. A Penske spokesman declined to comment. GM on Monday said it hired Stephen Girsky, a former Morgan Stanley analyst and one-time adviser to departed Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, to review offers from potential buyers. The auto maker,...
  • Penske close to inking deal to buy Saturn

    06/05/2009 4:48:12 AM PDT · by taildragger · 55 replies · 2,041+ views
    WJR RADIO ^ | 6/5/2009 | Taildragger
    WJR and the Detroit Newspapers that we cannot post, are reporting a deal is close for Roger Penske to buy Saturn from GM.
  • Roger Penske considers a bid to buy Saturn

    05/08/2009 8:13:04 PM PDT · by byteback · 48 replies · 1,509+ views
    Syracuse.com ^ | May 8, 2009 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Roger Penske says he is contemplating a bid for the Saturn automotive brand that General Motors Corp. plans to sell or shut down. While Penske has not yet made an offer, he said Friday a decision would have to come soon and that a number of unidentified details need to be worked out.
  • Renault, Geely Consider Deals for GM Units

    05/06/2009 12:01:42 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 18 replies · 556+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 5/6/2009 | JOHN D. STOLL and NORIHIKO SHIROUZU
    General Motors Corp. is in talks about potentially turning its Saturn division over to Renault SA, allowing the French auto maker to use the brand as a launching pad for growth in North America, two people familiar with the matter said. Meanwhile, Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. has submitted a bid to acquire GM's Saab unit, people familiar with the situation said. Renault is one of several auto makers and other suitors interested in taking Saturn over from GM. The U.S. auto maker is surviving on $15.4 billion in government loans and is under pressure to restructure its balance sheet, union...
  • Cosmic Close-Up: Sensational Images Of Saturn Show The Ringed Planet In Incredible Detail

    04/21/2009 7:06:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 1,619+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | April 21, 2009
    Cosmic close-up: Sensational images of Saturn show the ringed planet in incredible detail By CHER THORNHILL 21st April 2009 These stunning images of Saturn taken by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft show the ringed planet, its moons and rings in the most incredible detail yet. Extraordinary glimpses of the planet's atmosphere and surfaces add to our expanding understanding of the sixth planet in the solar system, as the Equinox mission approaches its second year. The images show the incredible differences within the Saturn system. In one image, serene-looking rings are elegantly stacked up around its equator, making a striking contrast to the...
  • Driving down the road to change

    04/20/2009 6:01:53 PM PDT · by Monterrosa-24 · 9 replies · 499+ views
    Current Saturn Mailing: "Saturn 360" ^ | Spring, 2009 | Steve Krause
    Saturn caravan helps welcome new president, promotes energy conservation. "Change starts in your driveway!" declared Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak, as she launched the trip outside the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit. ...To gather promises and greetings, the VUE's planned stopovers at Saturn retailers, grade schools and colleges, including three of the 17 involved in the EcoCAR contest--Ohio State, Penn State, and Howard University... Here students and others signed oversized greeting cards (infused with plantable wildflower seeds) for the newly elected chief executive. The card read: "Change: Thanks to you the word is no longer a cliche....
  • Surprise! Saturn has small moon hidden in ring

    03/03/2009 1:10:42 PM PST · by Domandred · 18 replies · 741+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/3/09 | AP
    Scientists have found a new moon hidden in one of Saturn's dazzling outer rings. The international Cassini spacecraft spotted the moon, which measures about a third of a mile wide. The discovery was announced Tuesday in a notice by the International Astronomical Union.
  • A Painful Departure for G.M. Brands

    02/18/2009 11:55:18 AM PST · by Justaham · 14 replies · 810+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2-17-09 | MICHELINE MAYNARD
    DETROIT — The brand that was once hailed as an important part of the future of General Motors now will be part of its past. G.M. said Tuesday that it would phase out its Saturn brand by 2012. It does not plan to develop any more new vehicles for Saturn, which began 19 years ago as an effort to attract owners of small Japanese cars.
  • GM to Offically Kill Saturn, Most of Pontiac

    02/17/2009 3:00:26 PM PST · by taildragger · 147 replies · 4,139+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 2/17/2009 | Ray Wert
    Our sources tell us GM's viability plan set to be released at 5:00PM will kill the Saturn brand by 2011. Pontiac will also go away as a division. But the nameplate will sorta live on
  • Plumes spewing from Saturn moon may contain water (More evidence of a younger Solar System)

    11/26/2008 9:58:56 PM PST · by valkyry1 · 14 replies · 645+ views
    MyWayNews ^ | Nov 26, 2008 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Astronomers looking at the spectacular supersonic plumes of gas and dust shooting off one of Saturn's moons say there are strong hints of liquid water, a key building block of life. Their research, appearing in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, adds to the growing push to explore further the moon Enceladus, as one of the solar system's most compelling places for potential life. Using images from NASA's Cassini probe, astronomers had already figured that the mysterious plumes shooting from Enceladus' icy terrain contain water vapor. New calculations suggesting the gas and dustspew at speeds faster-than-sound make the case for...
  • Mysterious glowing aurora over Saturn confounds scientists

    11/13/2008 7:51:08 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 34 replies · 1,507+ views
    MailOnLine ^ | Nov 13. 2008 | Daily Mail reporter
    A stunning light display over Saturn has stumped scientists who say it behaves unlike any other planetary aurora known in our solar system. The blueish-green glow was found over the ringed planet's north polar region just like Earth's northern lights. It was discovered by the infrared instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
  • PHOTOS: Saturn Moon "Mother Lode": Icy Jets Located

    08/17/2008 7:36:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 127+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | Friday, August 15, 2008
    The exact location of jets on Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus have been found -- a discovery scientists are calling a "mother lode." NASA's Cassini flyby mission released new photos this week of icy jets erupting from the surface. The green areas... are believed to represent deposits of coarser-grained ice and solid boulders. Some of the material is concentrated along valley floors and walls, as well as along the upraised flanks of the "tiger stripe" fractures. The photo also reveals a sinuous boundary of scarps and ridges that encircles the south polar terrain. Here, the ice may be blocky rubble...
  • Planetary line-up excites the sun (Sunspot source found?)

    07/03/2008 12:09:26 PM PDT · by gobucks · 35 replies · 262+ views
    ABC Science ^ | 2 July 2008 | Marilyn Head
    Australian astronomers may have found a solution to how far-away Jupiter and Saturn drive the sun's solar cycle. In a paper published in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, astronomer Dr Ian Wilson and colleagues from the University of Southern Queensland, suggest Jupiter and Saturn affect the sun's movement and its rotation, and hence its sunspot activity. Every 11 years the sun undergoes a period of intense solar activity, marked by flares, coronal mass ejections and sunspots. This period is known as the solar maximum and occurs twice each solar, or Hale, cycle. "The sun can be thought...
  • HEAVENLY TRIANGLE [Crescent moon, Saturn and star Regulus in tight triangular formation tonight]

    06/08/2008 7:45:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies · 178+ views
    HEAVENLY TRIANGLE: Ringed planet, first-magnitude star, crescent moon. Add them all together and you get a heavenly triangle visible tonight. Look up after sunset for Saturn, Regulus and the Moon in scalene formation. http://spaceweather.com/ [note: First, all of this is naked-eye visible (no, you do not need to remove your clothes to see it!). Next, Saturn (in the diagram above) is the large blue dot. They apparently forgot to label it. Saturn will appear brighter and somewhat 'yellowish' compared to the nearby white star Regulus just to its lower right (Saturn is brighter than the star). Mars, a bit further...
  • Saturn Moon Rhea May Have rings (Neat!)

    03/06/2008 2:11:24 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 200+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/6/2008 | n/a
    PASADENA, Calif. - New observations by a spacecraft suggest Saturn's second-largest moon may be surrounded by rings. If confirmed, it would the first time a ring system has been found around a moon. The international Cassini spacecraft detected what appeared to be a large debris disk around the 950-mile-wide moon Rhea during a flyby in 2005. Scientists proposed that the halo likely contained particles ranging from the size of grains to boulders. The finding was described in a study published in the March 7 issue of the journal Science. Unlike the rings around Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, the apparent...
  • Titan Has More Oil Than Earth

    02/13/2008 4:02:35 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 67 replies · 441+ views
    space.com ^ | Today | Space.com Staff
    Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky on the miserable moon, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. This much was known. But now the stuff has been quantified using observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material — it's a giant factory of organic chemicals," said Ralph Lorenz, a Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "This vast carbon inventory...
  • The first hybrid technology with a positive ROI

    01/15/2008 6:53:37 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 50 replies · 147+ views
    Gizmag.com ^ | 01/15/08 | Gizmag
    January 15, 2008 Buying a hybrid is currently a pastime for early adopters and those who are prepared to pay to salve their environmental conscience . Do the return-on-investment (ROI) math and you’ll realize that the fuel savings never bridge the economic rationale gap because of the higher initial cost of hybrids. That appears about to change! Ultra-capacitor-based energy storage systems have long promised a breakthrough for the automotive industry and AFS Trinity’s announcement of the real world performance specs of its plug-in hybrid system is landmark. The company’s patent-pending Extreme Hybrid (XH) technology employs a proprietary dual energy storage...
  • The Eerie, Bizarre Sounds of the Saturnian System

    11/12/2007 5:41:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 209+ views
    NASA.gov ^ | 11/12/07 | Nasa
    Sounds from outer space are weird, if not downright spooky. Be ready for a goosebump or two as you feast your ears on some of the greatest sounds gathered during the exploration of the Saturnian system. To play the sounds and for more information about them, click on the links below.
  • Mystery of Saturn's Two-Faced Moon Solved

    10/09/2007 12:31:36 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 11 replies · 329+ views
    space.com via Yahoo news ^ | Tue Oct 9, 8:45 AM ET | Jeanna Bryner
    Mystery of Saturn's Two-Faced Moon Solved Jeanna Bryner Staff Writer SPACE.com Tue Oct 9, 8:45 AM ET Saturn's moon Iapetus has virtually no gray. Rather, its features are all stark black and white. The appearance has long puzzled astronomers. New detailed images suggest sunlight is melting ice on one side of Iapetus, leaving the moon's dark surface exposed, while the opposite half retains its reflective ice-mixed shell. Since the moon's discovery by Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1671, Iapetus' appearance has baffled astronomers. The leading edge of Iapetus, which faces the direction of its orbit, is black as asphalt, while its...
  • Saturn's Moon Iapetus Is the Yin-and-Yang of the Solar System

    09/17/2007 10:10:17 AM PDT · by LRS · 33 replies · 1,209+ views
    jpl.nasa ^ | September 12, 2007
    PASADENA, Calif. – Scientists on the Cassini mission to Saturn are poring through hundreds of images returned from the Sept. 10 flyby of Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus. Pictures returned late Tuesday and early Wednesday show the moon's yin and yang--a white hemisphere resembling snow, and the other as black as tar. Images show a surface that is heavily cratered, along with the mountain ridge that runs along the moon's equator. Many of the close-up observations focused on studying the strange 20-kilometer high (12 mile) mountain ridge that gives the moon a walnut-shaped appearance. "The images are really stunning," said Tilmann...
  • Arthur Clarke's Video Greeting for Cassini's Iapetus Flyby

    09/17/2007 9:37:15 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Cassini-Huygens Home Page ^ | September 10, 2007 | Arthur C. Clarke (NASA)
    Video greeting to NASA JPL to mark the Iapetus flyby of Cassini spacecraft -- Sept. 10, 2007 by Arthur C. Clarke (The following is a transcript of the video greeting.) Hello! This is Arthur Clarke, joining you from my home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I'm delighted to be part of this event to mark Cassini's flyby of Iapetus. I send my greetings to all my friends - known and unknown - who are gathered for this important occasion. I only wish I could be with you, but I'm now completely wheelchaired by Polio and have no plans to leave Sri...
  • Saturn rings have own atmosphere

    07/21/2007 11:05:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies · 457+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, July 1, 2005 | Paul Rincon
    Saturn's vast and majestic ring system has its own atmosphere - separate from that of the planet itself, according to data from the Cassini spacecraft. And Saturn is rotating seven minutes more slowly than when probes measured its spin in the 70s and 80s - an observation experts cannot yet explain... By making close flybys of the ring system, Cassini has been able to determine that the atmosphere around the rings is composed principally of molecular oxygen (O2)... "The INMS sees the neutral oxygen gas, Caps sees the ionised products of that oxygen and the electrons associated with it. There...
  • Saturn's sixtieth moon discovered

    07/21/2007 1:51:50 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 241+ views
    BBC ^ | July 21, 2007 (Saturday).
    The new moon could be related to Methone and Pallene A new moon has been discovered orbiting Saturn - bringing the planet's latest moon tally up to 60.The body was spotted in a series of images taken by cameras onboard the Cassini spacecraft. Initial calculations suggest the moon is about 2km-wide (1.2 miles) and its orbit sits between those of two other Saturnian moons, Methone and Pallene. The Cassini Imaging Team, who found the object, said Saturn's moon count could rise further still. New family The moon appears as a dim speck in images taken by the Cassini probe's...
  • Water turned into ice in nanoseconds

    03/19/2007 8:21:00 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 84 replies · 4,073+ views
    UPI ^ | 03/19/07
    ALBUQUERQUE, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists have developed technology that can turn water into ice in nanoseconds. Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, however, caution the ice is hotter than the boiling point of water. "The three phases of water as we know them --cold ice, room temperature liquid and hot vapor -- are actually only a small part of water's repertory of states," said Sandia researcher Daniel Dolan. "Compressing water customarily heats it. But under extreme compression, it is easier for dense water to enter its solid phase (ice) than maintain the more energetic liquid...
  • Bizarre Hexagon Spotted on Saturn

    03/27/2007 11:10:24 AM PDT · by anymouse · 173 replies · 6,169+ views
    Space.com ^ | 3/27/07
    One of the most bizarre weather patterns known has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole. Rather than the normally sinuous cloud structures seen on all planets that have atmospheres, this thing is a hexagon. The honeycomb-like feature has been seen before. NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged it more than two decades ago. Now, having spotted it with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists conclude it is a long-lasting oddity. "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines,...